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RCMP rolls out scholarship for post-secondary students who push back against bullying and harassment

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OTTAWA – The RCMP is recognizing post-secondary students who try to prevent bullying and harassment in their schools and communities with a new scholarship.

The Troop 17 Scholarship was announced by the RCMP today, April 18.

Named in honour of the first troop of women to attend the RCMP Academy and be hired as police officers in the RCMP, up to five scholarships for $1,000 each will be awarded annually to college or university students across the country.

"The Troop 17 Scholarship allows us to recognize students who are working towards the same goal as the RCMP – to eliminate bullying and harassment from our schools, communities, and workplaces," RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki said in a news release.

The Troop 17 Scholarship was created as part of the Merlo-Davidson settlement agreement, a deal to settle a class action lawsuit for women who were sexually harassed while working for the RCMP dating back to the mid-1970s, the release indicated.

"The women of Troop 17 pushed through the challenges of joining a historically male-dominated profession, and brought about important changes to the RCMP through their courage and determination," said Lucki.

"I know that together, we will honour their legacy by building a culture that fosters respect, diversity, and inclusion."

The deadline for applications to the 2018 Troop 17 Scholarship is June 29. The scholarship recipients will be announced in September.

More information on the scholarship, including the eligibility criteria, and how to apply, is available at http://www.rcmp.gc.ca/en/troop-17-scholarship.   

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